Specifying a new rescue apparatus can be a daunting task, given that there are few common defining features.
Some refer to them as “heavy rescues,” while others call them “squads.” Still others use names that capture the main purpose of the vehicle such as “air and light,” “hazmat,” or “fireground support” vehicles. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) lumps them all under the heading of “special service fire apparatus.” Recognizing the importance and complexity of these apparatus, the Fire Apparatus Manufacturers’ Association has an apparatus body technical committee. Read More.
This article originally appeared in Fire Apparatus & Emergency Equipment, Feb, 2014.